Are Medication Errors A Criminal Offense?

Getting sick is no fun. In today’s health care system, getting sick can lead to some expensive bills. Our Philadelphia Medication Error lawyers at The Weitz Firm, LLC know first hand the financial hardship families endure when an unexpected medical issue hits. Around 41% of Americans either have medical bills or are actively paying off some medical debt. That means 72 million Americans are burdened with medical debt caused by getting sick or injured. This number does not include the elderly who are also dealing with medical debt due to common illnesses that come with age. Imagine, getting sick and dealing with medical bills when it wasn’t even your fault?

We trust our health care providers to give us the care that we need. We believe they will diagnose our illnesses and create a plan of action to get us better. What many fail to realize is that medical professionals are still human, and humans make errors. A medication error is the third leading cause of death to Americans. Meaning, our health care providers are causing the third leading cause of death. Which begs the question, should medication errors be considered a criminal charge?

What We Do

Our Philadelphia Medication Error Attorneys focus on creating a civil medical malpractice claim. A medication error can happen in the form of prescribing the wrong medication, assigning the wrong dosage, or failing to assign medications. A medication error is a type of medical malpractice. We help victims who have been injured by this negligent act to obtain financial compensation for the injury. We can help our clients receive

  • Coverage of all medical bills
  • Coverage for all future medical bills
  • Loss of income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages

The average American spends around $10,000 a year on health care. Most are taken care of by their insurance companies. However, for those without insurance, the cost of medical care is extremely high. Suffering from a medication error while still suffering from an original illness is less than ideal. Our Philadelphia Medication Error Attorneys are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Why Not Criminal Charges?

Losing a loved one due to a medication error is not a criminal act, but it is a negligent one. Many conversations are surrounding the idea of criminalizing such medical acts of negligence. Some suggest that it will scare health care providers into taking better care of their patients. Others think that allowing criminal charges would cause medical staff to hide and cover up incidents leading to further issues. The conversation is ongoing, but for now, we can file civil suits and not criminal charges.

What To Do

If you or someone you love is suffering from an injury or illness caused by a medication error, you need to seek legal assistance immediately. Our Philadelphia Medication Error Attorneys are ready to fight for you. Call 267-587-6240 or click here to start a free consultation with our professional attorneys at The Weitz Firm, LLC in Philadelphia today.



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